Musher penalized for dead dog

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) Two-time Yukon Quest champion Hugh Neff won't be eligible to run in the 2019 race.

    A necropsy of his dog found that Boppy died of aspiration pneumonia and had other health issues.  Boppy had mild stomach ulcers, moderate intestinal inflammation, a mild whipworm infestation, skeletal muscle necrosis, severe weight loss and muscle problems.

    Boppy died in a cabin near the race halfway point in Dawson City.  Neff has 30 days to appeal the censure.  He won the 1,000 mile race in 2012 and 2016.


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